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The Breckinridge Research Room provides in-person access to rare books, archival and manuscript collections, public policy collections, Appalachian collections, Kentuckiana, and other materials held at the SCRC.

Follow these steps to plan your visit to the SCRC and explore the incredible breadth of our collections.

Creating an Account

To make use of the many research support services that the SCRC has to offer, first create a Research Services Account. Your account will allow you to:

  • schedule an appointment to visit the Breckinridge Research Room,
  • request and view SCRC materials, and track the items you have used,
  • utilize the Breckinridge Digital Studio, and
  • request digital scans of SCRC materials.

Anyone can create an account, regardless of affiliation with UK. For step-by-step instructions on creating an account for both UK and non-UK users, visit our SCRC Account Guide.

Planning Your Visit

The SCRC is open Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm. While walk-ins are welcome, confirmed appointments are preferred for viewing materials.

Planning your research visit is a two-step process.

  • First, please schedule an appointment via our SCRC Account Guide
  • Next, request the materials you would like to view during your visit.

Most of the SCRC’s materials are stored off-site, so we ask that you submit requests at least five business days prior to your scheduled visit to ensure their availability.

The process for requesting materials varies depending on what you’re looking for. Find step-by-step instructions for:

You will receive notifications via your Research Services Account when your materials are ready to view.

Same-day requests for materials held on-site are accepted during the SCRC’s open hours.

Ordering Digital Scans

You can use your Research Services Account to request digital scans of SCRC materials. Once completed, scans are sent directly to your account free-of-charge. We can scan approximately 250 pages of material within two weeks of your request.

Find instructions on requesting scans:

Please keep in mind that some SCRC materials are subject to copyright and use restrictions. Contact your librarian [add link] or visit our SCRC Account Guide for more information.

Conducting Research Digitally

Many SCRC materials have been digitized, allowing you to access our holdings from anywhere around the world. Explore the SCRC’s electronic resources to get started.

Crowdsource Initiatives 

Ink to Internet is an online tool that improves access to handwritten archival materials housed at the SCRC by crowdsourcing manuscript transcriptions, image descriptions, translations, and more. Browse collections, request an account, and start transcribing to help researchers around the world access our unique holdings, or use the tool as part of your teaching or research. If there’s a collection you’d like to see transcribed, nominate it in this form